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Cross the Line: Creative workshops and masterclasses for London Craft Week

Stratford Cross hosts workshops at the intersection of art & craft by UAL London College of Fashion, V&A Academy and Black Girl Knit Club

Art and culture

‘A line is a dot that went for a walk. A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.’ (Paul Klee, Bauhaus artist)

Stratford Cross is proud to host five days of creative workshops with UAL London College of Fashion, the V&A Academy and Black Girl Knit Club, celebrating imagination and wellbeing. We’ll guide you through the creative practice of ‘taking a line for a walk’, from drawing to embroidery and knitting.

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UAL London College of Fashion – Drawing:

12pm - 6pm, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May; drop in between 2pm - 5pm, Saturday 18th May

Students and academics from LCF’s Fashion Imaging and Illustration degree will introduce you to simple and effective ways to put pencil to paper to observe and record the world around you.

V&A Academy – Embroidery:

12pm - 6pm, Tuesday 14th May

Meditative stitching led by award-winning textile artist Ekta Kaul, whose artistic practice focuses on exploring places, histories and belonging through stitched maps. In these conscious sessions, Ekta will guide you through the process of using line to create pattern and shape in stitch, taking inspiration from the environment around you.

Black Girl Knit Club - Knitting:

12pm - 6pm, Wednesday 15th May; 11am - 2pm, Saturday 18th May

Create a collaborative knit piece or tote bag while starting or expanding or your knitting skills, learning a variety of different stitches and experimenting with yarn textures.

Developing a personal drawing or creative practice is a well-recognised tool supporting improved mental health and wellbeing, mindfulness and processing of life’s daily events.

Surrounded by the nature and vibrancy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP), ‘Cross the Line’ at Stratford Cross provides the perfect setting to focus the mind and explore creative expression.

Stratford Cross is a cultural workplace destination at the heart of East London, nestled amongst QEOP, East Bank and an array of shopping, dining and art.

Suitable for all skill levels from the very beginner to the experienced practitioner.

  • 14 - 18 May 2024
  • Stratford Cross, Endeavour Square, London, E20 1JN
  • FREE
Tuesday, 14 May
Saturday, 18 May